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Mitt Romney delays Senate race announcement in wake of school shooting

Mitt Romney delays Senate race announcement in wake of school shooting

"I think Mitt's going to make it very clear that he's not running for the Senate because of or in spite of anything to do with Donald Trump", said Spencer Zwick, Romney's former fundraising chief who now leads fundraising efforts for House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Romney's announcement Friday that he is running for the U.S. Senate in Utah creates the potential for more battles or deal-making.

In another rebuke to Romney this week, Rob Anderson, the chairman of the Utah Republican Party, bluntly told the Salt Lake Tribune that he believed Romney's entry was preventing candidates who would be a better fit for Utah from entering the race.

If elected, he would replace 83-year old Sen. Rumours were swirling in Utah political circles and among the former governor's friends and aides that Romney was exhausted of playing the presidential also-ran - the GOP's answer to Walter Mondale, the former Democratic Vice President who was trounced by the late Ronald Reagan in 1984 by 512 electoral votes.

The Romney-Trump feud dates to the 2016 presidential election, when Romney called Trump a "fraud" who had hijacked the GOP.

Trump said that he had a "much, much bigger net worth". Janna and I adore Mitt and Ann.

Mr. Anderson also aired concerns that Mr. Romney "has never been a Trump supporter".

Others said RNC support doesn't matter because Mr. Romney has a national data operation, high approval ratings and all the resources he will need to win the race.

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In hitting back at Mitt Romney (left), then-candidate Donald Trump (right) said at a March 2016 campaign rally that Romney was 'begging for my endorsement.

So what doesn't Romney say, even once during his announcement? Romney also criticized Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for US Senate in Alabama whom Trump endorsed despite allegations of sexual misconduct.

But, local Republicans don't seem to be buying what Romney is selling.

Further, Romney seldom takes an opportunity to weigh in on social media in support of conservative causes, but he is frequently a critic of President Trump.

In a Facebook campaign video, he lamented that Washington was sending "a message of exclusion" to immigrants.

"He's already been putting the shoe leather in, getting around the state, and you can tell it'll be a Utah-centric campaign", Matheson said.

Trump had considered Romney for the position of USA secretary of state, but picked oil executive Rex Tillerson instead.

Like Romney, Wilson, a member of the Salt Lake County Council, doesn't really want to talk about Trump either. He also compared Romney's bid to that of Hillary Clinton's run for Senate in NY.


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